Last June, I had the opportunity to visit the beautiful region of Naples in Italy. After spending a few hours in Sorrento, we headed to the very infamous city of Pompeii. Having heard so many stories about Pompeii, I was so excited and happy to finally see the ruins with my very own eyes and let me tell you that I was more than amazed.
Pompeii is an ancient Roman city situated near the base of the volcano Mount Vesuvius. In 79 AD, the entire city was covered by 12 different layers of tephra (about 25m high) after the eruption of the volcano. What are left now are amazingly beautiful ruins as you can see in these pictures. While some of them are reconstructed, you can still see the original buildings and even some arts and paintings on the walls of some houses.
For those who wonder if the tales are true, yes, Pompeii is a very libertine and erotic city. There are quite a lot of brothels, sexual representations and sexual references. There are a lot of erotic paintings and phallus symbols throughout the city. Now, these symbols were not used as threatening or solely erotic purposes. Phallus was a representation of fertility, and so it was quite common to see them everywhere.
What shocked me the most was to see the bodies of those who couldn’t leave the city in time. It was quite disturbing to see them laying on the floor crawling or sitting down protecting their mouth, and you could even see a dog laying on his back. If you ever wanted or were curious to visit Pompeii, I highly suggest you to do so and to also have a guide! It is extremely insightful to have someone who knows the history and the city by heart.